Warhawks climb mountain, take down Mountaineers

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BOX SCORE

Score: ULM 75, Appalachian State 64
Teams: ULM (8-20, 2-13 SBC), Appalachian State (8-19, 3-13 SBC)
Location: George M. Holmes Convocation Center/ Boone, N.C.

Boone, N.C. – The ULM men’s basketball team used a red-hot shooting second half in route to a 75-64 win over Appalachian State on Saturday in Boone. The Warhawks shot 56.7 percent from the floor in the second half to secure the win.

THE TURNING POINT
-After scoring just 22 points in the first half, the Warhawks came out firing on all cylinders in the second half scoring 53 points in route to the victory behind the nearly 57 percent shooting.

NOTABLES
-The Warhawks had three players in double figures, led by Travis Munnings’ game-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor while also making 3-of-4three pointers. Munnings also pulled down eight rebounds in the victory. Munnings’ eight made field goals matches a career-high set against Penn State last season.
-Nick Coppola added 16 points with four rebounds and four assists while Sam McDaniel added 14 points and four rebounds. Marvin Jean-Pierre came off the bench and scored eight points while grabbing a season-high 10 rebounds.
-Saturday was the Warhawks’ first win on the road since Dec. 20 when they defeated Coppin State 65-53 in Baltimore.
-The Warhawks’ 53 points in the second half is a season-high in league play for points in a half, topping the 52 the team scored in the second half against the Ragin Cajuns last Saturday.
-The Warhawks won the points in the paint battle on Saturday 32-20 while scoring 19-11 in points off turnovers. ULM also had a 15-4 advantage in fast break points over the Mountaineers.
-ULM moved to 4-1 all-time against the Mountaineers on Saturday with the win and have now defeated Appalachian State in three straight meetings.

QUOTABLES
Head Coach Keith Richard
Thought on the game: These players deserved a win after all the close losses we have been involved in. They continue to compete every night out. I’m happy for them.

UP NEXT
-Following Saturday’s contest, the Warhawks now have their final regular season road game on Monday night against Sun Belt Conference newcomer Coastal Carolina. The matchup with the Chanticleers will tip at 6:00 p.m. CST in Conway, S.C.

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